9:16 AM, 01 Apr 2021 - , www.routledge.com

How Music Empowers

Dear UCC Community,
MSCA Research Fellow and ERC CIPHER team member, Steve Gamble, has launched his first book, How Music Empowers (Routledge 2021).  Drawing upon cutting-edge research in embodied cognitive science, psychology, and cultural studies, the book provides a new way of understanding how music affects listeners. The argument develops from our latest conceptions of what it is to be human, investigating experiences of listening to popular music in everyday life. Through listening, individuals have the potential to redefine themselves, gain resilience, connect with other people, and make a difference in society.  
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Steve's MSCA project, Digital Flows: Analysing Digital-Native Hip-Hop Culture, further develops this research into music's cultural power, by developing a new web-oriented methodology of synergistic data-driven and case study research into online cultural networks. The focus is on hip-hop’s listener base, which includes many young and/or marginalised people whose lives are increasingly lived online as much as on the street. The findings of this investigation into music culture will shed light on European policy issues concerning online cultural expression, Internet accessibility, and education. 
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Please join me in congratulating Steve on this major contribution!

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